Anti-U.S. propaganda in Tehran, Iran

Conflict

>>‘The kids upstairs! Save them!’
As celebrations for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan stretched past midnight into Sunday in central Baghdad, where Iraqis had gathered to eat, shop and just be together, a minivan packed with explosives blew up and killed at least 143 people — the third mass slaughter across three countries in less than a week. The New York Times
ISIS said it had deliberately targeted Shia Muslims by striking the suburb of Karada, on the southern bank of the Tigris river. The Guardian

Since the U.S. invaded in 2003, few parts of the city have not hit by a car bomb. [Map] The Huffington Post

>>Dhaka siege was a violent crescendo
Since 2013, at least 40 people across the country have been killed in separate attacks — on the streets or in their homes, many sliced to death with machetes. The New Yorker

>>Obama’s civilian deaths total is low, experts say

In a long-anticipated gesture at transparency, the Obama administration on Friday released an internal assessment of the number of civilians killed by drone strikes in nations where the U.S. is not officially at war. The Intercept


Human rights

>>In Jordan, 30,000 children could starve
It’s been a week since the 70,000 refugees have received supplies, and water is running out (each person received only a little previously: 1.5 liters per day in a place that regularly exceeds 100 degrees). il manifesto global

>>Refugees tell Erdogan: ‘Visas first’
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced a plan on Saturday that could create divisions at home and have implications well beyond its borders: The country is preparing to offer Syrian refugees citizenship. But some Syrian refugees don’t believe him. Vocativ
>>A shamefully low bar
The number of Syrian refugees who entered the United States in June more than doubled over the previous month, putting President Barack Obama’s goal of resettling 10,000 by the end of the fiscal year on September 30 within reach. Voice of America
>>Anti-slavery protesters arrested
Mauritanian authorities have arrested nine anti-slavery activists and accused them of starting a riot in which several police officers were injured and a bus was burned, activist leaders said on Sunday. Reuters


Politics

>>Tehran gets new anti-U.S. propaganda murals
On the social media app Telegram, Iranians expressed dismay that the capital city invested its resources in highlighting America’s problems rather than tackling Iran’s own pressing domestic ones. Foreign Policy

>>The source of Trump’s anti-Semitic meme
The image was previously featured on /pol/ — an Internet message board for the alt-right, a digital movement of neo-Nazis, anti-Semites and white supremacists newly emboldened by the success of Trump’s rhetoric — as early as June 22, over a week before Trump’s team tweeted it. Mic


Environment

>>Kiribati could be the first nation to sink
For years, scientists have been predicting that much of Kiribati may become uninhabitable within decades because of an onslaught of environmental problems linked to climate change. The New York Times
>>Abundant food, thanks to pesticide sprayers
In the developing world, where swelling populations, increased urbanization and growing economies create a demand for ever more food — produced quickly and inexpensively — pesticide application rates are rising. Vox


Editor’s picks

>>What to make of so much bad news
Seen from a certain perspective, the last few months on planet Earth have been pretty unreservedly amazing. The Guardian
>>What are spies for if not this?
Kim Jong-un has gained about 90 pounds in weight since becoming the North Korean leader four years ago, and binges on food and drink to cope with his constant fear of being assassinated, according to a report by South Korea’s spy agency. The Guardian


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Ben Wolford
Ben Wolford is editor of Latterly. His reporting has appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, The Christian Science Monitor and elsewhere.